Anti-Semitic Crime in Germany Up, Amid Uptick in Hate Crimes

Anti-Semitic incidents rose 19.6 percent to 1,799 — 89.1 percent of those involving far-right perpetrators

FILE PHOTO: Riot police stand by as people carry German flags during a march organised by the right-wing populist AfD in Rostock, north-eastern Germany on September 22, 2018
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German security officials say the number of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner incidents rose in the country last year, despite an overall fall in politically motivated crimes.

Anti-Semitic incidents rose 19.6 percent to 1,799 — 89.1 percent of those involving far-right perpetrators. Xenophobic incidents rose 19.7 percent to 7,701 amid an overall uptick in hate crimes to 8,113 from 7,913.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Tuesday politically motivated crime overall was down 8.7 percent in 2018 to 36,062 incidents, praising the trend but saying the figures are still too high.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attends a news conference, Berlin, May 14, 2019.
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Right-wing crimes made up most of the incidents at 20,431, down 0.4 percent. Of those, 1,156 involved violence, up percent.

Left-wing crime dropped 18.4 percent to 7,961 incidents. The fall in violent left-wing crime was even greater — down 31.9 percent to 1,340 incidents. More than half of the violent offenses were against police.